Edwin Alemany pleads not guilty to South Boston attacks

Amy Lord's body was found at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. Edwin Alemany has been charged with her murder. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnekci/Metro
Amy Lord’s body was found at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. Edwin Alemany has been charged with her murder.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnekci/Metro

The man accused of multiple horrific attacks on women in South Boston is a “decent man” with serious mental health issues, his lawyer said Wednesday. 

Edwin Alemany, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges including armed assault to murder and kidnapping for two attacks on separate women last month. He was ordered held on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in West Roxbury District Court for the murder of Amy Lord.

Alemany’s lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, did not argue the prosecution’s request for bail.

After the arraignment, Denner said Alemany has a long history of mental health issues and “has serious problems.”

“He’s a very decent man who acted allegedly very indecently,” said Denner, who was flanked by about a dozen of Alemany’s relatives who attended the arraignment in South Boston District Court.

Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said that Alemany approached a woman walking to work on Old Colony Avenue at about 4:15 a.m. July 23. He punched her in the face and then dragged her by the feet into a parking lot.

The 22-year-old woman told police that during the attack, Alemany told her he wasn’t going to rob her, he was going to kill her, Pappas said.

Later, he told the woman she wasn’t the one he was looking for and that he had “a hit out” for a woman pushing a baby stroller, Pappas said.

Alemany is also accused of stabbing another woman in her face, torso and neck area near her South Boston building on July 24. Pappas said that video surveillance and forensic testing on a blood trail and on the victim connected the attack to Alemany.

In between the two attacks, authorities allege that Alemany abducted Lord, a 24-year-old Bentley University graduate, while she was walking from her South Boston apartment July 23. Authorities said she was forced into her car and then taken to ATMs around the city where she withdrew money. Her body was later found in the Hyde Park recreation area.

Alemany was first arrested for the two attacks and then on August 1 was charged in Lord’s death. After his arrest for the attacks, he was ordered to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was deemed competent to stand trial.

Pappas said that Alemany has a lengthy criminal history, including a juvenile record. His record includes multiple assault and battery charges as well as larceny and receiving stolen property.

“This is a very sad situation for so many different reasons and on so many different levels,” Denner said.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.